Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Dr. Benjamin Covington Collection MSS.0170

Descriptive Summary

Creator Covington, Benjamin, 1903-1961
Title: Dr. Benjamin Covington Collection
Dates: Approximately 1942-1961
Identification: MSS.0170
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Benjamin Covington was a prominent black physician who practiced in Houston from 1903 until his death in 1961. Dr. Covington and his wife, Jennie, attended Guadalupe College in Seguin, Texas, where they met and eventually married. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1900. The Covingtons played active roles in organizing a number of charitable organizations, including an African-American branch of the YMCA and the Houston Settlement Association, and were longtime members of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Covington helped found the Houston Negro Hospital, which later became Riverside General. The Covington famiy played host to many distinguished black Americans, including the singer Marian Anderson and Booker T. Washington. The Covington's daughter, Jesse, an accomplished pianist, attended Oberlin college in the 1930's and later the Juilliard School of Music. She married Dr. Albert W. Dent, President of Dillard University in New Orleans.


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Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Covington family
Covington, Jennie
Dent, Albert W.
Dent, Jessie Covington
African Americans--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Benjamin Covington Collection. MSS 151. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Suzanne Summers, 1990.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 1 Newspaper clippings

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1 2 Photographs (photocopied) of Dr. and Mrs. Covington's fortieth wedding anniversary, 1942

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1 3 Program of the dedication of the Blue Triangle Branch of the YMCA, 1952

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1 4 Correspondence regarding the Covingtons' charitable activities

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1 5 Funeral Notices of Dr. and Mrs. Covington

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1 6 Resume of Jesse Covington Dent (daughter)

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1 7 Antioch Baptist Church Centennial history

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1 8 Miscellaneous

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1 9 Article on Ernestine Jessie Covington Dent

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1 10 Photographs